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Elite and young independent travellers are crucial to the recovery of the travel sector as they are likely to be the first tourists to embark on international travel, however according to a survey by GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company, 35 percent of Gen Z and 48 percent of Gen Y are still extremely concerned about COVID-19. This servey was conducted between May 25 – 31, of this year.

Generation Z (Gen Z) travellers believe that tourism benefits local communities, while also being aware of the personal benefits of travel, such as understanding other cultures and building life experiences and self-confidence.

The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) recently announced the launch of a safe and clean certification programme – a first of its kind in the region, and one which seeks to uplift and standardise the cleanliness and hygiene levels across all businesses and organisations in the tourism sector.

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) which represents the global travel and tourism private sector has unveiled a range of new worldwide measures to restart the sector.

COVID-19 has placed the whole world on lockdown, with new research from the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) showing that 100 percent of global destinations continue to have restrictions on travel in place, and 72 percent have completely closed their borders to international tourism.

Las Vegas showcased its resiliency and thanked those on the frontlines of the hospitality industry during National Travel and Tourism Week (NTTW), the annual celebration of the contributions of the US travel industry, May 03 – 09.

Findings from WYSE Travel Confederation’s April survey on the impact of COVID-19 on travel and tourism businesses indicate the decline in international tourism receipts for the youth travel industry could equate to EUR174 billion for this year.

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has recently released its updated assessment of the likely impact of the COVID-19 on international tourism.

In 2018, China was the largest market for luxury hotels in the world registering year-over-year (YOY) growth of 18,3 percent in revenue.

New data from Travel Leaders Corporate, a leader in business travel, revealed that compared to a year ago, businesses are reaping the benefits of lower domestic travel prices and good purchasing habits. However, international travel costs rose modestly year over year.